Kristen Ulmer Q&A
YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY?
Figuring out the causes of anxiety and other emotional health issues. It truly has been a mystery for folks, and after 33 years dissecting it through real word experience and research with tens of thousands of client, I have come to some pretty astounding conclusions. Even better: once you know what’s causing people to feel anxiety (or other emotional health issues) then you can finally sort out the solutions.
LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS SMOOTH. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT A SETBACK OR TRAGEDY YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED, HOW YOU DEALT WITH IT, AND THE IMPACT IT HAS HAD ON YOU?
In order to be “fearless” as an athlete, I started suffering from injuries, PTSD and Burnout from my ski career. How I dealt with it is I quit my athletic career to figure out what was happening, which was that I repressed/ignored fear in order to ski the way I wanted. The impact that information had on me is I learned how to turn that bad habit around and it led to my career as a fear and anxiety expert that I’m known for today.
DO YOU SET ASIDE “ME-TIME” IN YOUR CALENDAR, AND WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME TO RELAX?
Of course. And I do the usual, sports like kiteboarding or cycling, snowboardng, rock climbing, I go to ecstatic dance at least once a week, get massages, play cards with my husband, and pet my two adorable Savannah cats at least 5-6 times a day- usually when they’re not expecting it
WHAT’S THE MOST MAGICAL PLACE YOU’VE DISCOVERED WHERE YOU CAN GO TO CHILL OUT?
Burning Man of course.
DOES PHILANTHROPY PLAY A ROLE IN YOUR LIFE, TO WHAT EXTENT AND HOW?
It plays a huge role. My favorite charities have to do with animal abuse.
WHO IS ON THE GUEST LIST FOR YOUR IDEAL DINNER PARTY, PRESENT OR PAST?
Besides Oprah? Ellen Degeneres, Obama, Buffet…
I wouldn’t invite deceased guests as they wouldn’t be able to speak and would stink horribly.
CAN YOU OFFER ANY WORDS OF WISDOM FOR OUR READERS?
Find a way to end the war with fear and our life will stop being a struggle, find a way to embrace fear and your life will become magical.